solar system DIY costume

The making of a solar System costume

It was time for the annual “book character parade” at school this week. Kids get to choose a book and dress up as a their favorite character in it.  My 8 year old son really challenged my creative mind by asking me to make a  “Solar system costume” for him.

For a moment I truly though about changing his mind about it, but then I noticed he was holding his favorite book. The one I got for him in a garage sale when he was just 2 years old, and that still sits by his bedside table among his favorite night time books to read.

 

our sun and its planets vintage book

At the time I bought it because it looks like a real vintage- treasure book…and surely was. Published in 1963 , Is my understanding that “Our planets and it’s planets”  by Angelo Rocca is not longer being printed.

With so little time to go and still recovering from a surgery myself I couldn’t afford to go to the shops, so I took the challenge.
I decided that the fastest way to go was to hunt for ideas in the web,  put a few of them together and use what I already had at home.
So that’s what I did! and this are the results

 

How to : Solar system costume www.colorandlove.com

I must advice that what looks like a simple DIY project could turn into a nightmare if you don’t have a silicone glue gun.

Sadly, mine had some how disappeared from my crafty corner and so I tried spray adhesive glue. The process became so complicated and frustrating that I couldn’t take pictures to guide you through a tutorial, and some of the orbits came undone right at the end of the parade at school.
I will still post some general  ideas in how I did it and will give some suggestions at the end in how I would have done it if I had the chance to get the right materials, hoping that you will get better results if you want to adventure in a similar project.


WHAT I USED

solarsystemcostume

 

  • Old pants and jumper.
  • Print out of planets and stars ( I found my  in Dr google)
  •  Cotton twine, silver beads, Sparkle nail polish ,adhesive spray and sticky tape
  • One yard of black flannelette fabricfor the  cape.
  • Orange cardboard and elastic string to make the sun (mask

HOW TO

  1. I  made my son wear the suit to calculate and draw where the orbits will be.
  2. I print and cut out the planets and put a layer of thick sticky tape on top. (see picture above) This not just make the planets ha that shiny looking but it made the paper sturdy.
  3. I attached the orbits and planets with adhesive spray.
  4. I made the asteroids belt by adding  touches of sparkle nail polish and by gluing silver beads with super glue. (I didn’t have silicone… remember ?)
  5.  I made a cape and pasted stars and more planets to make it look like the infinite universe was behind the solar system.
  6. I draw  a big circle in the orange cardboard ,  the size of a dinner table, to  make for the sun. and added with staples the elastic string.

 

solar system costume at Fun for kids www.colorandlove.com

WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE ( in a perfect world)

  • Get any strong glue like silicone to glue the orbits and put more beads and etc in the asteroid belt .( or maybe with more time even embroider into the fabric the orbits with an outline stitch)
  • Print out the planets in ironing transfer paper.( This would have made the suit washable and reusable. )
  • Put some more starts and galaxies in the cape.

Aw!!.. crafting is one in a kind of adventure! This one was a messy one but ended up looking really good!

Good luck with yours!

hugs from my heart

 

playdough

Play -Dough recipe

Awww winter days! …. I must admit that it has taken me several years to settle down from the warm climate of my country to the  cold winter of Sydney.
But to be honest…rainy days always bring the perfect excuse to stay at home,cuddle under the blankets with a hot chocolate,a good book…and the children…

What? !! the children? !!!!! Oh, well if somebody could entertain the children would’t that be perfect , haha!
Actually it occurs to me that today we could make  “play dough”.  This trick has never fail to keep the kids busy for long periods of time, including the pre-teens at home. Yeap! including them.

Here is the recipe I use, just in case you are also looking for something to keep the kids busy and happy. -Enjoy!

#Playdough recipe at www.colorandlove.com

 

~Play dough recipe Non cooking ~

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • food coloring (Optional)
  • Few drops of Glycerin ( Optional)

#playdough recipe at www.colorandlove.com

 

Method:

  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mix bowl.
  • Add the water to the dry ingredients and stir continuously until it becomes a non sticky dough. (If it remains sticky then add a touch of flour until is right.)

 

#Playdough recipe at www.colorandlove.com

 

  • Take it out of the bowl and knead it for a couple of minutes until is the perfect consistency.
  • Add the drops of glycerin (optional)
  • To add coloring without much mess, make a hole in the center of the dough, add the color and fold the dough over to close it. Put the mixture in a plastic bag and knead until the color is fully dissolved.

Play dough recipe at www.colorandlove.com

 

  • Take it out of the bag , continue kneading and is ready!

#Playdough recipe at www.colorandlove.com

~Play dough cooking recipe~

Sometimes I use the cooking process and have find that the dough lasts longer. The method is simple but is better not to involve the children and to be sure that the dough has completely cool down before they can play with it.

#Playdough recipe at www.colorandlove.com

 

Ingredients:
Same as above just add 2 cups of water instead of one and a half.

Method:

  • Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan.
  • Stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is pliable and is not sticky anymore.
  • Allow to cool down , knead it for a couple of minutes and is ready!

The recipe makes enough for 2-4 children to play with. I keep it in the fridge in a air tight container and it last up to 4 months.

hugs from my heart

papercrane

Thousand origami cranes

That who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish ”

Paper cranes tutorial www.colorandlove.com
After much thinking about what could be the first post on “Color &Love”  I decided this one, because it was the last post I wrote back in 2011, when I decided to close my prior blog.

I can not believe how many years have passed … I am grateful that despite the time and all the storms that have fallen, my creativity has returned to the house of my soul.

What we are inside never leaves us, as the sun keeps shining behind the cloudy sky, so does our inner essence that stays with us.”~ ivice~

~ TUTORIAL ~

Materials: A square piece of paper.

Click HERE to go to the tutorial website.

Paper cranes tutorial at www.colorandlove.com
Making “paper cranes”  may look just like another craft activity, but going back in my memories, I realized that for me it meant the beginning of my creative curiosity.

Paper cranes
I remember being a child, I would have been around 3 or 4 years old. My Dad used to entertain my sisters and I by making little folded birds out of the silver paper from his cigarette’s box.
Yeap! he used to smoke back then … Shh! don’t tell him I told you.  Although to be completely fair I should clarify that he also quit when I was 5 years old and never ever did smoke again. (I admired him for that too).

Well … back to the paper cranes … I remember my fascination about the fact that if you could create something so beautiful with a simple piece of  paper, what else could be created  with all that was around me??

Later on when I wanted to teach my daughters how to make paper cranes.  I learned that it was an old Japanese legend and part of the history of Sadako Sasaki A litte girl who was living in Hiroshima when the atom bomb was dropped. Sadly, ten years later, she was diagnosed with leukemia.

Her story is very touching and inspiring. My daugthers were so touched by it that for a while we had the house filled with colorful paper cranes everywhere.

“Peace Crane, I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.” ~Sadako Sasaki, age 12.~”

#Paper cranes tutorial www.colorandlove.com

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“Color &Love” is where I share some of the home projects, creative ideas and thoughts that inspire my everyday journey as a mother of 4 children.

I am a lover of recycling , inexpensive DIY projects and craft tutorials. One of my passions since childhood has been to create beauty where no one imagined could exist .

Nothing excites me more than to create happiness where I live and around the people I love! and that’s how this blog was born! hoping to share something beautiful that will fill your day with magic too!

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